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Samba Brazilian Grill

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240 west gilman street, Madison, WI 53703 (State Street)
608-257-1111
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Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Brunch, Buffet, Reservations

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  • 70
    Excellent
  • 52
    Very good
  • 18
    Average
  • 14
    Poor
  • 7
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Highlight was salad bar

I know you're not supposed to fill up on the salad bar, but that is the best thing here. I sampled almost everything and it was all fresh and delicious, both raw and cooked items. There is a tremendous variety of choices. The staff was friendly and attentive. I had a featured cocktail and that... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 9, 2015
JimR55
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Albany, New York
Good for:
  • Special occasions
  • Doing business
  • Romantic
  • Large groups
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Albany, New York
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38 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

I know you're not supposed to fill up on the salad bar, but that is the best thing here. I sampled almost everything and it was all fresh and delicious, both raw and cooked items. There is a tremendous variety of choices. The staff was friendly and attentive. I had a featured cocktail and that was very good. A couple... More 

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La Crosse, Wisconsin
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

The brunch buffer was excellent. The food was well prepared, ornate, and tasty. The meats they bring around are particularly delicious. Fruits, deserts, vegetables, all great. The building is very beautiful itself. The price wasn't horrible considering the venue and Madison in general.

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Waterford, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

If you can deal with the entire staff being local college students this is a fantastic night out. The variety and quality of the food is absolutely outstanding. First class experience. Well worth the price.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 via mobile

We had a coupon, and took the 4 boys with us... It is interesting place not to far from State St.. The waitress was fantastic, and explained how this works. Have to better want to try new things... Cause most is very good! I have to agree with the above statements... While I didn't think the service was slow, but... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015 via mobile

For the price, it was "eh". We were seated on the 3rd floor and had to keep asking them to bring up the meat. We didn't get to try every kind as it never made it up to us. The buffet was good and there was a lamb, beef and sausage stew that I would've ordered a gallon of- it... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

Wine list is not up to date. We ordered a Pinot Noir of 2011 and they brought the millesime of 2013. Service was extremely slow.We had to ask to get our lamb and turkey, no one was coming to our table for several minutes despite the restaurant was empty. Very disapointed overall...

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015

First time coming to a Brazilian Grill and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Try everything, there's nothing you won't like.

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Hudson, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

Loved all the different foods you can try and all the meats, better to go on Sunday Brunch or it is very expensive. Salad bar is very tasty!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

Absolutely the best tasting food in Madison. Could not have been satisfied more. They bring you food until you are full and they cut it right there at the table for you to grab and select the amount. I suggest you go light on their amazing selection of a salad bar. Which is so fresh and full of flavors that... More 

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Iowa City, Iowa
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015

I though this will be a good chose but I was wrong, first the staff were not attentive at all, ask for a drink the never came, they take too much time to check on. The food was not good they have 7 meat chooses that either salty or tasteless. Over all I do not recommend this place.

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Address: 240 west gilman street, Madison, WI 53703
Phone Number: 608-257-1111
Location: United States  >  Wisconsin (WI)  >  Madison
Average Prices: USD 35 - 100
Cuisine: Steakhouse

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 240 west gilman street, Madison, WI 53703
    (State Street)
  • Location: United States  >  Wisconsin (WI)  >  Madison
  • Phone Number: 608-257-1111

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 35 - 100
  • Cuisine: Steakhouse

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Special occasions, Doing business, Romantic, Large groups

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?